The lyrics and melodies are all tied together around Woolf’s voice, which resembles Nate Ruess in some ways and Tom Odell in others, and still has his own distinct, peaceful, warm vocals that capture the vulnerability and sorrow in the singles. His voice is full of emotion, demonstrating the sincerity of his album. I enjoyed his choices for album and single titles, as well as the fact that the songs are quirky but appealing and engaging.
The opening track, “Cold Coffee in the Marijuana Plant,” is a whole new level of storytelling. It’s like a series of scenes, none of which the narrator has been a part of. He was simply standing by, watching everything go by the melodies are soothing and goes well with the restful, rich vocals. “Uhtceare” has a folktronica style that makes it vibrant, with lyrics depicting inner demons and conflicts with oneself and the world. Simplicity at its finest, with only smooth, warm vocals and slow acoustic melodies with poetic lyrics in “A Printout of Task-Driven Love.” Woolf sings “Concrete Feet First” with delicate vocals in the same style of simple acoustic melodies and light vibes. We grow up, but we never forget what happened to us along the way, especially when we were little. “I Thought it Would Feel Cooler to be This Damned” features melancholic undertones lying in the touching lyrics and melodic vocals with a heartfelt, deep performance. Reaching the closing track, “Skotograph,” with the sound effect of turning the cassette side, and vibes of ghosts flying around, holding on to past love and unfinished business regrets. And like more than a song in the album, it has some acoustic chords and expressive, beautiful vocals that make the whole album genuine.
Spending true time with oneself and processing everything inside is not easy. However, in “Scientific Automatic Palmistry” (which feels like a diary being read aloud), it gives the feeling that it’s okay to have the conversation that you’ve been postponing with yourself. Lee Switzer-Woolf has crafted a one-of-a-kind piece that sets you in a peaceful mood and makes you ready to reconnect with yourself again.